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1952-1958 Mercedes-benz Type 300S/Sc


The 1952-1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 300S/Sc were massive but tremendously impressive short-wheelbase derivatives of Mercedes' flagship sedan series, offering greater engine power and even better equipment. The initial 300S had a 150-bhp version of the normal 3.0-liter straight six. The later Sc switched from carburetors to fuel injection (related to the 300SL system) to obtain an extra 50 horses. Styling was very much in the late-'30s mold. Open versions were offered both with and without roll-down windows and folding top, and the fixed-roof coupe had very broad rear quarters and a small rear window.

Pluses of the 1952-1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 300S/Sc:

  • Solid separate chassis
  • Thorough, somewhat advanced engineering for the time
  • "Gothic" styling for those who like it
  • Spaciousness
  • Well-equipped
  • More power and performance than the 300
  • More manageable than the 300
  • Milestone status
  • This is one Merc that has held onto most of its soaring early 1990s value.

Minuses of the 1952-1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 300S/Sc:

  • Bulky and tedious in tight spots
  • Parts impossible to find
  • Not cheap to restore or maintain
  • Expensive

Production of the 1952-1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 300S:

  • Coupe: 216
  • Convertible: 203
  • Roadster: 141

Production of the 1952-1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 300Sc:

  • Coupe: 98
  • Convertible: 49
  • Roadster: 53

Specifications of the 1952-1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 300S/Sc:
Wheelbase, inches: 114.0
Length, inches: 186.0
Weight, pounds: approximately 3,600
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1952-1958 Mercedes-Benz Type 300S/Sc:

TypeSize Horsepower Years
ohc I-6 2,996 cc (183 cid) 150/220 1952-1958

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